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Even before Super Tuesday in 13 states tomorrow, many establishment Republicans already believe that Donald Trump is unstoppable.  

Later on the program, Bernie Sanders was "burned" in South Carolina this weekend. Can his campaign stay alive?

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Christine Detz
Katie Cooper

Is Trump Winning the Nomination by Beating the System? 42 MIN, 7 SEC

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed former opponent Donald Trump last week. Christie's own national finance co-chair called that "an astonishing display of political opportunism." This weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, US Senator Jeff Sessions said Donald Trump is leading "a movement." Trump boasted, "I hate to say it. I'm becoming main stream. All these people are now endorsing me." But the Republican "mainstream" is divided. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls Trump's nomination, "something we don't want to see happen." There are reports of "frantic" efforts to stop Trump in his tracks — even down to a "brokered" GOP convention in Cleveland this summer. So far, he's beating the Party, the Big Money and the Establishment Media.

Guests:
Michael Signer, City of Charlottesville, Virginia (@mikesigner)
Peter Wehner, Ethics and Public Policy Center (@Peter_Wehner)
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (@mtaibbi)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@JeffJlpa1)
Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University (@jenmercieca)

More:
Taibbi on how America made Trump unstoppable
Wehner on why he will never vote for Trump
Lord on Trump battling the 'violent left'
Signer on Trump as a demagogue? (2011)
Signer on what happens when a demagogue gets power
Mercieca on the rhetorical brilliance of 'Trump the Demagogue'

What America Needs

Jeffrey Lord

Clinton Has Momentum Heading into Super Tuesday 8 MIN, 14 SEC

It's Super Tuesday tomorrow for the Democrats as well as the Republicans. What's at stake for Bernie Sanders after a crushing defeat this weekend in South Carolina?

Saturday in South Carolina's Democratic primary, Hillary Rodham Clinton got three times more votes than Bernie Sanders. Among black voters, she out-polled him six to one. Tomorrow they'll be competing in 11 states — including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas with 865 convention delegates at stake.  Mark Barabak reports on politics for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Mark Barabak, Los Angeles Times (@markzbarabak)

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